Not sure when this happened, but the Pricewise Discount pharmacy that operated out of a subterranean space on Bleecker Street near Thompson seems to have closed for good. The signage proclaims a North Fork Bank branch is coming soon.
Pricewise was a peculiar, tumble-down drug store with friendly help and a riot of goods spread over two unruly rooms. It had true Village character. It fought a fierce fight when CVS opened up directly next door some years ago, but the endless proliferation of corporate chains appears to have done it in once and for all. CVS remains standing. Hurrah for free enterprise.